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Read Think Act: Live 2023

Featured Speakers

Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Yasmin El-Rifae, Phil Wrigglesworth

This event is a part of Radical Book Fair 2023: Revolutionary Feeling series. Click to view more from this festival.

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What happens to our rage, our ideas and solidarity when we leave the pages of the book? What does the connection between activism and writing look like to you? Unpack all these questions and more in the company of authors and editors who are also activists and social justice organisers.

Yara Rodriques Fowler is the author of the novel there are more things, a story of solidarity, chosen families and legacies of activism flowing between England and Brazil. Yasmin El-Rifae’s book Radius tells the story of the women and men who formed Opantish—Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment - in the middle of the Arab Spring. Alongside Phil Wrigglesworth, editor of the magazine Left Cultures, they dive into a discussion about words, ideas and changemaking.

The panel will be chaired by Jessica Gaitan Johannesson.

Our Speakers

Yara Rodrigues Fowler is a writer from South London. Her first novel, Stubborn Archivist, was published in 2019. Yara’s second novel, there are more things, was nominated for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022 and Goldsmiths Prize 2022.. Most recently, Yara was named one of Granta's best young British writers, in their once-in-a-decade list. She is currently co-writing a play called The Conference of the Trees with Majid Adin and Connie Treves, based on the poems by members of the Change The Word poetry collective at Good Chance Theatre. Yara is also a part-time climate justice organiser.

Yasmin El-Rifae is a writer, editor and producer of The Palestine Festival of Literature. Her first book, Radius, was published by Verso in 2022. Her work has recently appeared in The New York Times, Lux magazine, Mada Masr and other outlets.

Phil Wrigglesworth is an Illustrator, Educator, Art Director and Independent Magazine Publisher. He illustrated The ABCs of Socialism with Jacobin and Verso in 2016 and he also illustrates for many Leftwing publications, such as The Tribune, Jacobin, Red Pepper, STIR to Action. He has recently finished illustrating a new book titled The ABCs of the New Economy, due to be published across the UK. He has taught  Illustration at The University of West England in Bristol since 2009 and has contributed to many illustration degree programs across the UK and beyond. He co-founded Left Cultures with close comrade Colum Leith in 2021 and they are currently working on the 3rd edition of the publication. The aim of Left Cultures is to celebrate all forms of culture creation on the left through personal storytelling and to champion expressive illustration.

This panel will be chaired by Jessica Gaitan Johannesson

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